4 thoughts on “Stockton Station 1978

  1. Thanks to David Summerfield, I stand corrected about the roof of Stockton Station. By 1892 steel would have invariably been used, since by then it was so much cheaper than wrought iron. If David is correct about the location of the station, as seems reasonable, it suggests that the platforms and walls of Stockton Station also date from 1892. But if a new station had been built, surely such an impressive building would have had an official opening, and been reported in the local press.

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  2. The steelwork from the Station roof shown in the photographs dates from 1891-1892 when Stockton Station was rebuilt on the site of the original 1852 Leeds Northern station – I’ve been unable to locate any information on the 1852 station apart from one map which shows it slightly to the west of the 1891 station, possibly around the area that was eventually taken up by the goods avoiding lines.

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  3. Because Stockton Station came into use in 1852, it is likely that these girders would have been made out of wrought iron rather than steel, since mild steel did not come into widespread use until the middle 1870s. Wrought iron could only be produced in big foot ball sized white hot lumps. Accordingly the pieces to make up girders tended to be quite short and it would have required a huge amount of riveting to make a girder that would span the roof of Stockton Station. The chances are that some of this material would have been made locally, but I doubt whether any of it has been preserved.

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  4. Work on cutting up the girders from the roof over the former north facing bay roads. This section of the roof had already been taken down, and I was surprised to see work going on on a Sunday.

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